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Horse Water Requirements

May 23, 2011

Dr. Tom Lenz, past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, clarifies how much water the average horse needs on a daily basis.

Question:

How much water does a horse in a stable require per day?

Answer:

The average 1,100-pound horse will drink 10-12 gallons of water a day. That will decrease in cold weather and may go up to 15-20 gallons in very hot weather or during extreme exercise in hot weather.

Dr. Tom R. Lenz
Senior Director, Equine Veterinary Services
Pfizer Animal Health

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